accessibility

photo by keltik film

the café doesn’t exist as a physical space yet, but we’re actively building accessibility into it. we follow the social model of disability: everyone has access needs, and they all deserve to be lavishly met.

we are planning on renewing our first aid training before opening. one of us has certified mental health first aid training.

if you need any type of assistance while in the café, please don’t hesitate to alert one of us—we want to help! any access information you disclose to us will be treated with absolute confidentiality.

if you have suggestions as to how we can be more accessible, please get in touch though our contact page.

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money
food and allergies
gender and queerness
languages and communication: yiddish, english, BSL, hearing impairments
jewishness
mobility
sound
lighting
visual impairments
neurodivergence
medications
alcohol and other substances
race
age
families and kids
animals
transportation
general statement on tolerance and intolerance


money

everything will be sold on a pay-what-you-can basis, down to £0.00. the prices displayed will be the “break even” cost, and we will encourage everyone to pay what they are able to. we have faith in the community, and believe that this is a sustainable model because people who are able to pay more will value the space enough to do so.

we are not yet sure how taking payment will practically look, but we are working to ensure that everyone can buy their food with dignity regardless of how much they can afford to pay. we don’t want to inadvertently create an environment where it’s not socially acceptable to pay nothing, or where each customer’s finances are announced to the whole room.

we will also have a free fridge: a fridge full of free food! it will be stocked daily and anyone can take food from it, or donate food into it.

all of our events will be NOTAFLOF: no one turned away for lack of funds, with no means testing.

we will have cash and cashless options for paying.

we will offer use of the space to other groups on a free/donations basis.

absolutely no classism will be tolerated.

food and allergies

all the food and drinks served will be vegan. by this we mean: no animal products (meat, seafood, dairy, eggs, bee and insect products) will be used as ingredients; and we will avoid all food and drink which use animal products in the production of their food (e.g. sugar which is refined with bone char). we will also avoid other products which are not vegan, e.g. leather upholstery.

all ingredients and common allergens will be clearly labelled.

we are planning on getting kosher and halal certifications before opening. the food will be prepared by jews in a kashered space.

absolutely no fatphobia, food-shaming, or body-shaming will be tolerated.

gender and queerness

the bathrooms will be gender neutral, and will be stocked with free tampons, pads, condoms, diapers, and baby wipes.

we know that not everyone who might want to come to the space is safe to be seen in queer environments. we will maintain everyone’s privacy by using café curtains on the windows at face-level, so that no one outside the café will be able to see who’s inside.

some of our events will be queer-specific or explicitly queer-only. by this we mean: anyone who self-defines as lesbian, gay, bisexual+, trans, non-binary, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, aromantic, or otherwise not-heterosexual or not-cisgender.

absolutely no sexism, transphobia, homophobia, biphobia, acephobia, or other queerphobia will be tolerated.

languages and communication:
yiddish, english, BSL, hearing impairments

all signage and menu items will be written in both yiddish and english, in large fonts.

we’re planning on learning (at least) some basic british sign language (BSL) before opening. we’ll have BSL interpreters at every event possible.

we’ll always keep a paper and pen by the till for anyone who prefers to communicate in writing.

we are investigating the logistics of installing a hearing loop.

any films we screen will have subtitles: usually english, but depending on the film and the audience, subtitles might be in another language. we will post this information ahead of the event.

our livestreamed events won’t have closed captioning as they’re being streamed, but we will add closed captioning after the event.

our yiddish is not perfect: we are students of our ancestral language. with the resources currently available to us, we’ve been struggling to find vocabulary for things like queerness, race, and disabilities which are accurate and not pejorative. we’ve opted to use english words rather than the slurs we find in the english>yiddish dictionaries. we’ve very keen to have a dialogue with other yiddishists working on this.

absolutely no ableism or xenophobia will be tolerated.

jewishness

some of our events will be specifically jewish, or explicitly jewish-only. by this we mean anyone who defines themselves as a jew: ethnic jews (including patrilineal, matrilineal, and adopted jews), religious jews, and anyone who is seriously considering converting to judaism and engaging in jewish life.

absolutely no antisemitism or racism will be tolerated.

mobility

the café will have step-free access and wide doors to fit wheelchairs and other mobility aids.

the counter will be low, so wheelchair users can see over it.

we will make sure there is plenty of space between tables for people with mobility aids to navigate comfortably. we’re aiming for 100cm between all furnishings.

the bathrooms will be wheelchair accessible, with hand rails and a pull cord.

we will have large comfy chairs with back support and without armrests. seating will be comfortable: not too soft and sinking, and not too hard.

all furniture will be moveable, so if there is not enough space for you to comfortably move around the furniture, we can adjust it.

we have not yet decided if we will have counter service or table service, but either way we will happily carry your order to you at your table—please just ask.

absolutely no ableism will be tolerated.

sound

we will use soundproofing and lots of soft surfaces to keep the acoustics gentle. the music will be played on low volume through PA speakers to avoid distortion and noise. if you need the music to be turned down, just ask!

we will have a weekly autism-friendly day where we don’t play music and ask people to keep conversations low.

we will do everything we can to minimize electrical noise throughout the café, including noise from lights, heaters, and fridges.

absolutely no ableism will be tolerated.

lighting

the café will feature as much natural light as possible, and will otherwise use soft lighting.

absolutely no ableism will be tolerated.

visual impairments

all signs and menu items will be in both yiddish and english, displayed in large print and a clear font.

we have not yet decided if we will have counter service or table service, but either way we will happily carry your order to you at your table if it’s inconvenient for you to carry it yourself—please just ask.

across our digital communications, we use alt-text to describe images so they can be understood with screen readers. on platforms which do not allow us to write alt-text (e.g. instagram), we write image descriptions in the caption.

we don’t anticipate having printed menus, but we will have braille versions of any long-term materials that we do print.

absolutely no ableism will be tolerated.

neurodivergence

we will have a weekly autism-friendly day where we don’t play music and ask people to keep conversations low.

we will have coloring sheets and a small box of fidget toys for anyone to use.

we endeavor to make our communications as clear as possible to everyone.

absolutely no ableism will be tolerated.

medications

while you’re here, we’re happy to keep any medications which need refrigeration in our fridge.

absolutely no ableism will be tolerated.

alcohol and other substances

the café will be a dry space which does not serve alcohol. this makes the space accessible to people who don’t drink, people under the drinking age, and anyone who’s looking for a cosy late-nite space which isn’t centered around alcohol. glasgow especially needs dry queer social spaces.

we make the distinction between being dry and being sober. you can be in the space without being sober as long as you’re respectful.

there will be no smoking or vaping inside, or outside within a few feet of the doors.

we are looking into the possibility of the café being a clean needle exchange site.

absolutely no addiction shaming, or stigmatization of people living with HIV, will be tolerated.

race

we’re planning on opening the café in or near govanhill—scotland’s most racially diverse neighborhood—and we want everyone (except cops) to feel welcome in the space.

we recognize that QTIPOC (queer, trans, and intersex people of color) and jews of color face racist barriers to accessing queer and jewish spaces.

to ensure that people of color (POC) are safe in our space, we commit to an absolutely zero-tolerance policy on racism, xenophobia, anti-semitism, islamophobia, and other forms of racialized violence. we take all reports of racism seriously. microaggressions are squarely confronted and, if repeated, result in the offending person being removed from the space. this is our space, and we have no need to appease racists!

we will offer free use of the space to all groups, and will prioritize QTIPOC groups and events, and events run by/for jews of color. we will use our platform to highlight the work, art, and community contributions of POC.

as jews whose whiteness is rarely contested, we (the directors) aware of our privileges and our own white fragility. we commit to listening to the experiences of black and brown people, actively collaborating with POC groups, and continuing to learn and undo our own internalized racism. we’re actively committed not only to challenging white supremacy, but to be being traitors to whiteness.

age

all ages are welcome! we hope to create an inter-generational community space.

we recognize the barriers that many people face outside the age bracket of 18–35 in finding relaxed, queer-friendly social environments. we want the space to be accessible to everyone from young people under the drinking age to parents with young children, overworked adults, and retired people.

all queer people are prone to social isolation due to systemic queerphobia, and we know that this especially affects young people (under 18) and older people (over 65).

we are planning to both get PVG certificates before we open.

absolutely no ageism or queerphobia will be tolerated.

families and kids

kids are welcome.

breastfeeding parents are welcome! we’re also happy to heat up baby milk or formula for you.

the café will have step-free access and wide doors to comfortably fit strollers. we will make sure that doors are wide enough for strollers to easily fit through, and that there is enough room between tables to navigate them comfortably.

the bathroom will have baby-changing facilities, room for a stroller, and hooks for hanging diaper bags. we plan on stocking free diapers and baby wipes.

we’ll have high-chairs, coloring sheets, and fidget toys suitable for kids.

we are planning to both get PVG certificates before we open.

absolutely no ageism or queerphobia will be tolerated.

animals

service animals are welcome.

on most days, all dogs are welcome. we’ll have a communal dog water bowl.

one day a week will be dog-free, excepting service dogs.

absolutely no ableism will be tolerated.

transportation

we hope to open our café near a rail station, and somewhere accessible by plenty of bus routes.

we don’t yet know what the physical site will look like, but we hope to have bike railings on the sidewalk, as long as they don’t obstruct the pavement for people using mobility aids or strollers.

general statement on tolerance and intolerance

all queer people are prone to social isolation due to systemic queerphobia. jews in glasgow are also liable to experience a lack of community if they don’t fit into narrow expectations of jewishness. this isolation is exacerbated for anyone who is disabled, living on a low income, or facing other marginalizations.

we are building a space which is specifically for queers and jews, centering and their needs. everyone else is also welcome as long as they are respectful. we prioritize the safety of queers and jews over the comfort of cishet goyim.

we have absolutely zero tolerance for anti-semitism, islamophobia, or other forms of racism; homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, acephobia, or other forms of queerphobia; ableism, addiction-shaming, or stigmatization of people living with HIV; fatphobia, food-shaming, or body-shaming; sexism; whorephobia; ageism; classism; anti-catholic sectarianism and other forms of faith-based hatred; bigotry toward people who have been incarcerated; and imperialism or xenophobia.